By :Pradeep Pareek
Dimapur(Nagaland), June 8: Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, today laid the foundation stone of Dr. T. Ao Regional Football Academy at Seithekema, Dimapur, in the presence of Nagaland Speaker and Deputy Speaker, hosts of Ministers and Advisors and family members of legendary footballer Late Dr. T. Ao.
Rio addressing the gathering on the occasion termed the foundation stone laying ceremony as a historic occasion. "Born among the Nagas, he brought laurels not only to his family but to the whole Nagas, so his legacy should live on," Rio maintained.
Chief minister who himself is an avid sports lover, pointed out that involvement in sports teaches us to be disciplined, creates a sense of fair play and team work, and keeps us healthy both physically and mentally and therefore encouraged the younger generation to give importance in the field of sports. Rio felt that youth activities particularly sports has stopped for sometimes in Nagaland but assured for its revival.
He assured the Nagaland Football Association that budget would be placed every year and also mooted the idea to bring a system where all the districts would have football clubs. Further, Rio said that the government would discuss and revive policies for sports personnel/lovers and conduct tournaments regularly in order to give opportunity to the youth.
Stating that promotion of sports needs huge financial support, Rio informed that the government would request the Ministry of Youth Resources and Sports for help as the present project would require more than 100 crore which he said was still a long way to go for bringing up the football academy. Rio was optimistic that the coming up of the Academy would inspire the young talented sportspersons particularly football.
Advisor Youth Resources and Sports, Nagaland, Er. Zale Neikha informed that PDA Government has come out with a policy of giving appointment to sportspersons in different departments under sports quota.